Los Angeles, CA
The Yanks (48-40) began the week in deep trouble riding the lows of a five-game losing streak and after getting swept by Baltimore and Crush Davis. But the resilient Yanks are fighters and they bounced back with a six-game winning streak including a 4-game sweep of the lowly Twins.
The Yanks still trail the red hot Red Sox (54-36) by 5 games, but they went from next to last place to a three-way fight for second place in the AL East. The Yanks, Baltimore, and Tampa are in a chase pack roughly five games behind Boston.
The Yanks' bats exploded in Minnesota. They dropped 29 runs in four games. They scored 34 in their previous 11 games. Vast improvement (3.1 runs per game vs. 7.25 against the Twins).
|Mo = 29 saves in 31 chances|
After sweeping the Twins, the Yanks improved to 14-1 in their last 15 games against the AL Central. The Yanks got lucky. They had hit the skids last week amidst a five-game losing streak and things would have gotten much worse if they had to keep playing AL East teams. They caught a lucky draw in the schedule with Minnesota, the proverbial slump buster of the American League.
Over the weekend, the Yanks returned home for a 10-game homestand. The Baltimore series was super close with every game decided by one run. The Yanks wanted revenge after getting swept last weekend. In the first game, the Yanks pulled off a come-from-behind victory in the bottom of the ninth (courtesy of Bubba Wells). They won again on Saturday to extended their winning streak to six games. Alas, the Yanks failed to sweep Baltimore on Sunday. The won the overall series 2-1, but it was another heartbreaking loss due to a woeful offensive output.
Hiroki Kuroda (2.77 ERA) pitched another gem with a bad hip, but once again the Yanks failed to give him any run support. Kuroda scattered three hits over 7 shutout innings. The Yanks held a slim 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning. You'd think Mo (29 saves, 3 last week) would be automatic, but he blew the save. Yikes. Mo hung one bad pitch and Jones tagged it. The Yanks lost 2-1. Mo blew his first save at home and only the second one all season. I guess he was due to have a bad outing?
Both Mo Rivera and Robbie Cano will be representing the Yankees in this year's All Star Game. Good to see Mo get a nod. He deserved it with his numbers, but I wonder if MLB will do anything special to honor him? And I wonder when the hell is Cashman going to bring in a big bat to protect Cano in the lineup? He doesn't think A-Roid will actually play another game in pinstripes, right? Even if he does comeback, he can't hit without his roid cocktail. Let that rotten chumpstain twist in the wind for all of eternity!
On Deck: No days off, but things are looking up for the Yanks with a rare soft spot in their schedule. The Yanks stay in the Bronx and take on Kansas City (41-44) and Minnesota (37-48). They have seven more games to go before the All-Star Break. They need to finish strong instead of easing off the gas pedal and hopefully they can pick up a couple of games on Boston.